The Cloud Spinner

The Cloud Spinner

By Michael Catchpool; Alison Jay (Illustrator)

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375870118, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2012


One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It would not be wise," the boy protests. "Your majesty does not need them!" But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change.

From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.

About the Author

Alison Jay is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children. She lives in London, England.

Praise For The Cloud Spinner

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2012:
“There are definitely lessons about taking only what you need, about care for the needs of others and about listening to what is unsaid, but they are fully inside the story and only add to the pleasure.”